Dorothy Marie Arnold, ex-Sears employee

World War II airplane riveter later worked in the credit department at North Avenue store

March 25, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Dorothy Marie Arnold, a homemaker who earlier had worked in the credit department of Sears Roebuck & Co., died March 18 of dementia at a nursing home in Oldsmar, Fla.

The former longtime Joppa resident was 89.

Dorothy Marie Rohleder was born in Baltimore and raised on Wolfe Street. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1937.

When she was 16, she married Joshua E. Arrington Sr., whom she later divorced.

During World War II, she worked as a riveter at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. After the war, she moved to Sykesville, where she was active in the Sykesville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

In 1953, Mrs. Arnold began working in the credit department of the old North Avenue Sears Roebuck & Co., and remained there until retiring in 1981.

She married Francis Henry "Frank" Arnold, building engineer at the North Avenue Sears, in 1966. He died in 1981.

They enjoyed traveling the East Coast and to Ireland, and liked to vacation in Ocean City.

Mrs. Arnold established "Kissin Cousins," a family organization whose members enjoyed dining and vacationing together.

Mrs. Arnold, who had moved to Oldsmar two years ago, was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12022 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, where a celebration of her life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. April 16.

Surviving are her daughter, Laurene "Lollie" Moyer of Oldsmar; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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